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Rio Grande Telephone Booth, part 2 [Works_Town of Cisco]

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I’m trying to duplicate the whole town of Cisco, Utah in N scale. Here, I represent the making of Rio Grande telephone booth.

I think this structure is suitable for 3D printing because of its size. However, I only need one. So, I chose my ordinary styrene sheet modeling. I used 1.0mm thick Evergreen #4037 for walls. Tamiya 0.1mm and 0.3mm styrene sheets are also used for doors, windows and roof.

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Rio Grande Telephone Booth, part 1 [Works_Town of Cisco]

telbooth_cisco.jpg: Cisco, UT. Sep. 11, 2014

I’m trying to duplicate the whole town of Cisco, Utah in N scale. Here, I represent the results of my survey.

On the north side of US Hwy 50/6, there existed Rio Grande facilities along the tracks. One of the facilities, the Telephone Booth/outhouse still remains today.

The Booth is located a little apart from the railroad Section Tool House on the north. Today, it appears to be a tired outhouse with a vent cap sticking out of the roof: it was used as so by Geena Davis in the movie Thelma & Louise, which went on location at Cisco in August 1990.

However, I believe this is the genuine Rio Grande Telephone Booth built exactly to the Rio Grande Standard Plans first drawn in Jan. 1944[1].

According to ICC Valuation map, D&RGW originally didn't have a telephone booth at Cisco. The photo of Cisco townsite taken soon after the demolition of the depot in 1965 or 67 also lacks the booth: it might have brought in from somewhere after that[2].

Similar structure is preserved at the nearby Western Mining and Railroad Museum at Helper, Utah. According to Trainorders.com post, this is a switchman’s shanty recovered from the switches at West Helper in the late 1980's[3].

I drew model plans referring to the Rio Grande Standard Plans. The result is shown below.

[1] Standard Telephone Booth, D&RGW Standard Plans;
[2] Jordan, Kathy ‘Uranium King’ Charlie Steen started out in Cisco tar­paper shack, Mar. 24, 2011 Grand Junction Daily Sentinel;
[3] Grandegold (2009) Trainorders Era Phone Booth at Gilluly, Trainorders.com;

telbooth_helper.jpg: Helper, UT. Sep. 10, 2014

booth_drawing.jpg: model drawings for Rio Grande Telephone Booth

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May The Force Be With You - Gas and Power Line Through Cisco [Column_Town of Cisco]

power-line_01.jpg: Cisco, UT Sep. 11, 2014

Oil and natural gas were once produced at the vicinity of Cisco. They made some contribution to the survival of the town: Cisco was the first town in eastern Utah to have natural gas service at home.

Gas Line was installed throughout the town in 1923 by Arizona-Utah Oil & Gas Company to provide natural gas extracted from a gas well located at the acreage north of town in Cisco Townsite-Cisco Wash Fields[1]. Arizona-Utah Oil & Gas Company drilled the gas well to fuel oil well drilling at Cisco Dome Field the company started in 1921[2].

Arizona-Utah's natural gas was also provided at Cisco Landing to run D&RGW pump produced by A. S. Cameron Steam Pump Works[1]. Before the arrival of power line, private generating plants set up at Cisco also burned natural gas[3].

As early as 1925, G L Emil Klingbeil(1863 –1930) of German-American Life insurance Company resumed the Arizona-Utah's well operations[4].

Today, both the well operations and the gas service at Cisco are faded out. However, the oil and gas interests from these fields included in Greater Cisco Field seem still held by Reno, NV based Pacific Energy & Mining Company.

nov_11_1918_saltlakeherald.jpg: Nov. 11, 1918 Salt lake Herald


Power Line didn't arrive at Cisco until the town has declined.

Nearby Moab had its first electric light on in 1915 provided by Moab Light & Power Company[5]. Utah Power & Light Company, who in 1926, took over the Moab Light & Power Company, completed 100,000 volts power line between Helper and Moab in 1955[6]. The company expanded it to 345,000 volts in 1971[7].

In 1962, San Miguel Power Association’s 120-mile power line from La Sal Junction to Harley Dome oil field 20 miles north of Cisco finally dropped in at the town[8]. In short, Cisco hook up was just an addition. In 1972, San Miguel Power Association merged into Utah Power & Light Company.

san-miguel_ad.jpg: Feb. 2, 1955 Vernal Express
utahpower_ad.jpg: Sep. 29, 1955 Green River Journal

Today, it seems no line but the power line survives. On the other hand, Emery Telecom provides DSL from the station at the former D&RGW depot site. The fiber optic cable seems buried along the UP main[9].

[1] Nov. 15, 1923 Times Independent;
[2] Jul. 28, 1921 Times Independent;
[3] Dec. 9, 1954 Times Independent;
[4] Apr. 23, 1925 Times Independent;
[5] Feb. 12, 1915 Times Independent;
[6] Sep. 15, 1955 Green River Journal;
[7] Dec. 17, 1970 Times Independent;
[8] May 24, 1962 Times Independent;
[9] Patterson, Steve (1993) Remarks & Notes, RailPictures.Net;

 

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"It’s a Wonderful Life" [Column_Schemes & Paints]

hunter-harrison.jpg: Alpine, TX. Sep. 10, 2015

Wallet is always the problem. The problem occurs both on quality and quantity of our hobby. For example, more accuracy a product gains, the more the price increases. A model train with single ES44AC looks awkward.

It was when I was wondering if there is a way to make good use of my hobby information to aid my wallet, Warren Buffett bought BNSF. I see! I then bought some cheap railroad “related” shares. Here, related meant I could find their assets as model locomotives or equipments.

Years later, the results seem represent a conclusion: while locomotives are performing well, hopper cars are the damn. Moreover, more colorfully the hoppers are painted, the more awful the stock performs: Peabody, once well known by its brilliant yellow hoppers went bankrupt last year.

I don’t know whether Mr. Hunter Harrison is beloved or disliked by the industry, but I wonder if he not only shakeup CSX share but also bring back the brilliant Peabody hoppers, and my lost assets.

chart_feb.2017.jpg: from Google Finance

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Paint Shop – 55 : Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Boxcar 16605, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

atsf16605_2.jpg: L-side, ATSF 16605

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

ATSF 11300-11399 and 16250-16649 series Bx-66 class Boxcars
Five hundred Bx-66 Class XM/L cars were built by ATSF in 1954. They were applied slogan stenciling introduced in 1947. ATSF Car Slogan list suggests #11300 to #11399 in this series were applied Grand canyon, #16250 to #16349 were applied El Capitan, #16350 to #16499 were applied Super Chief and #16500 to #16649 were applied Chief. This #16605 has the Chief slogan on the left side, ordinary to the norm.

The ORER for July 1974 shows the class in three groups:
The group #11300 to #11395 with 38 cars in place, described as follows:
AAR Designation XL, Box, DF Loaders. The inside length of these cars is 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 54 feet 5 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch and capacity 4873 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds.

The group #16250 to #16639 with 357 cars in place, described as follows:
AAR Designation XM, Box, Stl. Sheathed. The inside length of these cars is 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 54 feet 6 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch and capacity 4955 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds.

The group #16641 to #16649 with 7 cars in place, described as follows:
AAR Designation XM, Box, Stl. Sheathed, Nailable Stl. Flr. The inside length of these cars is 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 54 feet 6 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch and capacity 4955 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds.


Train #19 and 20, the Chief was the passenger service connecting Chicago and Los Angeles via La Junta. The train was inaugurated in 1926 with all-Pullman heavyweight consist. It was reequipped with lightweight streamliner in 1938, and lasted until 1968.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
See Paint Shop – 47 : Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Boxcar 42076, part 2

atsf16605_1.jpg: R-side, ATSF 16605

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Paint Shop – 54 : Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Boxcar 16605, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

atsf_faded.jpg: Los Lunas, NM. Sep. 9, 2015

I decided to add other 50’ slogan cars to my collection, complementing my San Francisco Chief, Texas Chief and El Capitan cars.

This time, the added is a boxcar with the Chief slogan. Searching ATSF 50’ boxcar classes other than I previously made brought the Bx-66 class. Railroad Picture Archives site had a 1978 photo of Bx-66 class #16605 with the Chief slogan. Accordingly, I decided to make this car.

atsf16605_0.jpg: body ready to paint

I used stock MTL 031 series 50’ Standard Single Door Boxcar for the model. I replaced the ends with copied and modified MTL 51’ 3¾” Mechanical Reefer ends. Roof is replaced with diagonal panel roof copied from Athearn NACC boxcar. I also cut the side sills referring to the prototype. Side panel joints are corrected based on the prototype. Rivets are of Archer product. I replaced the assorted MTL roller bearing tracks with surplus Athearn Bettendorf tracks.

I painted the body with Tamiya TS-69, a little more brownish than Tamiya TS-33. Before applying decals, I polished the surface of the painted body, where decals were going to be applied, with compound. Decal used is Microscale #60-505. Chief slogan is applied on side to the left from the B-end according to the prototype photo. Semi-gloss clear coat is sprayed after decal is applied.

* 1978 photo of #16605 found at Railroad Picture Archives site;

atsf16605_3.jpg: ATSF 16605

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